Wednesday, November 17, 2004

CFP 2005: Panopticon

The theme of the 2005 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference is of more than a little interest to me, and consequently this blog:
The theme of the 15th CFP is PANOPTICON
Over time, and particularly recently, surveillance of ordinary citizens has increased to dramatic levels. Not only are governments watching more aspects of their citizens' lives, but those in the private sector are increasing surveillance of people as well. Often lost in the race to "increase intelligence" are discussions about different approaches to address problems like the threat of terrorism that are equally or more effective, but do not involve extensive and constant surveillance.
I missed CFP 2004 in Berkeley by a week, because I had a deadline on a paper dealing with this theme. Maybe I can make it this year. It would be my first. Recommended by Michael Froomkin, who gets a little nostalgic contemplating on past CFPs and the foresight of missing this one.


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